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Panelists: 'Should We Accept Steroids in Sports?'

Read about the panelists debating the proposition "We Should Accept Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Competitive Sports" in the latest in the Intelligence Squared U.S. series.


Radley Balko

Radley Balko is a senior editor and investigative journalist for Reason magazine. Previously, Balko was a policy analyst specializing in civil liberties issues for the Cato Institute, where he published a paper on alcohol policy and a groundbreaking study on paramilitary police raids. He writes a biweekly column for and publishes a personal blog,

Norman Fost

Norman Fost, M.D., M.P.H., is a professor of pediatrics and bioethics at the University of Wisconsin and director of the Bioethics Program, which he founded in 1973. He has published widely on ethical and legal issues in health care and served on numerous federal committees, including President Clinton's Health Care Task Force.

Julian Savulescu

Julian Savulescu is Uehiro professor of practical ethics at the University of Oxford. He is director of the Oxford Uehiro Center for Practical Ethics and of the Program on Ethics and Biosciences in the James Martin 21st Century School. He also heads the Melbourne-Oxford Stem Cell Collaboration, which examines the ethical implications of cloning and embryonic stem cell research.


George Michael

George Michael is a sportscaster best known for helping to popularize the sports highlight show. He was the creator and host of the nationally syndicated Sports Machine, originally called Sports Final. During his 27 years as sports director at NBC4, he earned more than 40 Emmy Awards for excellence in broadcasting.

Dale Murphy

Dale Murphy, a former Major League Baseball outfielder and catcher, was a seven-time All-Star, five-time Golden Glove winner and two-time National League MVP with the Atlanta Braves. He started the iWon't Cheat Foundation to help rid sports of drugs and to educate children about the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs.

Richard Pound

Richard Pound is chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency and a partner in the Canadian law firm Stikeman Elliott. He has been named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world for his efforts to rid sports of performance-enhancing drugs. Pound, currently the chancellor of McGill University, was a finalist at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome.


Bob Costas

Bob Costas, a 19-time Emmy Award winner, is the host of NBC's Football Night in America studio show. He has covered every major sport and serves as primetime host of NBC's coverage of the Olympic Games. Costas has been with NBC Sports since 1979. Since 2001, he has been a host on HBO's weekly Inside the NFL program.